New On DVD This Week: Route 66, Teen Wolf, Lethal Weapon Collection, Sherlock, Rizzoli & Isles

by | May 22, 2012 at 9:54 AM | General

'Route 66' (Shout Factory)

Route 66

Route 66: The Complete Series‘ 24-DVD box set is now available for the first time on home entertainment shelves nationwide. Featuring all 116 episodes restored, this lavishly packaged complete series box set contains insightful DVD bonus features, a special DVD Great Cars: Corvette and much more. Starring Martin Milner, George Maharis and later Glenn Corbett, TV series Route 66 boasts exciting adventures shared by a pair of good-natured friends as they drove their Corvette convertible across the country, traversing the often dangerous highway known as Route 66.  Brimming with intriguing characters, smart writing and featuring its timeless Nelson Riddle theme song, this memorable classic TV property immortalized the scenic stretch of American highway. Created by Academy Award-winning writer Stirling Silliphant and producer Herbert Leonard, the series’ impressive guest star roster included Barbara Eden, Buster Keaton, Boris Karloff, Burt Reynolds, Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner, James Caan, Joan Crawford, Julie Newmar, Lee Marvin, Leslie Nielsen, Martin Sheen, Peter Lorre, Robert Duvall, Robert Redford, Rod Steiger, Ron Howard, Suzanne Pleshette, Walter Matthau, among other notables, making Route 66 as iconic as the highway itself. Buy the complete series right here.

Teen Wolf

Discover the story of how one strange night forever transformed one teenager’s life, with MTV’s hit show ‘Teen Wolf‘ Season 1, now available on DVD. Nominated for six Teen Choice Awards, Season 1 is a must-own for every fan, with an exclusive never-before-seen extended season finale, deleted and extended content and behind-the-scenes extras with the sizzling, breakout stars of the show. ‘Teen Wolf’ stars some of young Hollywood’s finest, including Tyler Posey (Scott McCall), Crystal Reed (Allison Argent), Tyler Hoechlin (Derek Hale), Dylan O’Brien (Stiles), Holland Roden (Lydia Martin) and Colton Haynes (Jackson Whittemore). The series return for a second season on June 3rd at 11pm on MTV. ‘Teen Wolf’ is a sexy, suspenseful drama about transformation set against the backdrop of contemporary teen life, with a forbidden, romantic love story at its core, making it a fresh and different take on the iconic movie. Always an outsider and often unnoticed, Scott McCall yearns to be recognized in some small way that takes him out of his typical state of high school anonymity. When his best friend Stiles convinces him to go into the woods one night to join a police search for a dead body, Scott encounters a creature in the darkness. Narrowly escaping an attack with a vicious bite in his side, the next day brings strange surprises for Scott at school and his life will never be the same. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Lethal Weapon Collection

It’s been 25 years since the action buddy film, Lethal Weapon, became a phenomenon in its genre and spawned a legacy of films on the heels of its success. Now Warner Home Video debuts the ultimate Lethal Weapon Collection as a five-disc gift set containing all four original theatrical releases in the series (Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3 and Lethal Weapon 4). The franchise, directed by Richard Donner (Superman, Goonies) and starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as L.A. detectives Riggs and Murtaugh, is one of the most successful in film franchise history with a worldwide box-office gross and home entertainment sales totaling more than $1 billion. The Lethal Weapon Collection – a perfect Father’s Day gift – includes four featurettes (released for the first time in the U.S.) about the genesis, legacy and making of each film in the franchise. Also included are deleted scenes, outtakes and two music videos; one starring Sting and Eric Clapton. Lastly, also included are 2010 cast interviews with Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Rene Russo, Joe Pesci and Donner. With two hours of explosive content, it’s sure to be a firecracker of a set. Buy the collection right here.

Sherlock

Your favorite consulting detective is back with ‘Sherlock: Season Two,’ now available on Blu-Ray and DVD. The Peabody Award winning four and Emmy nominated  series comes back with a vengeance and more thrills than ever before. Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse, the upcoming Star Trek 2) returns as Holmes and Martin Freeman (The Office, the upcoming The Hobbit) is back as Dr. John Watson in three new 90-minute stories from writers and executive producers Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen). Inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tales of the brilliant crime-solving icon, ‘Sherlock: Season Two’ is a spectacular blend of the 21st century and the original wit and spirit of the mysteries that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Nothing is what it seems, and nothing will be the same again, when this thrilling season reaches its conclusion. Bonus features include: Audio Commentary for episodes A Scandal in Belgravia and The Hounds of Baskerville and behind-the-scenes featurette, Sherlock Uncovered. Buy the Season 2 Blu-ray right here.

Rizzoli & Isles

The smash-hit police procedural series that broke cable ratings during its debut run is back for another season on DVD with the release of ‘Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Second Season.’ ‘Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Second Season’ features all 15 episodes from the series’ sophomore season and never-before-seen bonus features, including an in-depth, behind-the-scenes featurette, unaired scenes and a gag reel. The release is timed to the show’s third season premiere on TNT. Angie Harmon (Law & Order) and Sasha Alexander (NCIS) co-star in ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ — based on the best-selling crime thriller books by Tess Gerritsen and developed by writer and former crime reporter Janet Tamaro (Bones, Lost) — as Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, close friends and complete opposites who together solve some of Boston’s most notorious crimes. Jane is a blue-collar Boston native with an uncompromisingly brash and beautiful bull-in-a-china shop approach to both cases and life. Maura, raised by affluent, educated, globe-trotting parents, is a quirky combination of a science nerd and elegantly chic girly girl. The two opposites have formed a unique and often funny partnership as they join forces to unravel complex crimes and catch the bad guy. Along with Harmon and Alexander, the series stars Jordan Bridges (Conviction, Mona Lisa Smile), Lee Thompson Young (Akeelah and the Bee, FlashForward) with Bruce McGill (Law Abiding Citizen, W., Cinderella Man) and Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos, Goodfellas). Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

The River

From Executive Producer Steven Spielberg, and the director of “Paranormal Activity” Oren Peli, a truly harrowing and hair-raising series is now available on DVD. ‘The River: The Complete First Season‘ tells the tale of famed wildlife explorer and TV personality Dr. Emmet Cole who went looking for magic deep in the uncharted Amazon and never returned. Now, six months after he vanished, a brave crew of family, old friends and new acquaintances embark on a mysterious and deadly journey to find him in the deepest and darkest depths of South America. The DVD is filled with exclusive bonus features, including deleted scenes that draw audiences further into this heart-pounding adventure. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Red Tails

Red Tails‘ is the thrilling true story of the Tuskegee Airmen buzzes to the big screen in this epic war adventure from executive producer George Lucas and first-time feature director Anthony Hemingway. In the fire and chaos of World War II, the U.S. military recruits a fearless group of African-American fighter pilots to help reclaim the skies over Europe. Discriminated against both as citizens and as soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen take flight in planes distinguished by distinctive red tails, and fight to defeat the tyranny of the Axis powers. As a result of their bravery, the pilots emerge as true heroes, and prove that all men are truly created equal. Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Bryan Cranston star. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Without a Trace

Starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Oscar nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Enrique Murciano and Eric Close, ‘Without a Trace‘ focuses on a special New York–based FBI task force known as the Missing Persons Squad. At the start of the third season, the newly promoted Vivian has replaced Jack as the leader of the Missing Persons Squad. Jack, who is experiencing his share of marital difficulties, is not displaced for long, however, and soon resumes his post. Meanwhile, Vivian is having trouble hiding her health condition from her co-workers and Martin and Samantha’s relationship reaches a defining moment. Through it all, the team strives to solve the cases they are constantly challenged by. Guest stars this season include Emmy winner Chad Lowe, Tony Goldwyn and John Krasinski, as well as Timothy Busfield and Martin Landau, in recurring roles. Buy the Season 3 DVD at WBshop.com.

Castle in the Sky

‘Castle in the Sky,’ a timeless story of courage and friendship, is now more thrilling than ever with the magic of Blu-ray. The pristine hand-drawn animation from acclaimed Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (2002, Best Animated Feature, “Spirited Away”) and a new digital master––featuring the original Japanese score––make this epic adventure soar like never before. Pazu, an engineer’s apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, and discovers they are both searching for a legendary floating castle, Laputa. Together, they embark on a daring quest and encounter greedy pirates, secret agents and astounding obstacles that keep them from the truth––and from each other.  For the first time ever on Blu-ray, “Castle in the Sky” is a must-own for families. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

This Means War

They are the CIA’s best, trained for any situation…except one.  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment plays the ultimate spy game as two best friends fight for the right of one woman’s hand in ‘This Means War,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD.  Starring Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), the laugh-out-loud comedy gets even better on Blu-ray with three alternate endings that answer the question – what if she chose the other guy? The world’s deadliest CIA operatives, FDR Foster (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy), are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman (Witherspoon).  Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis – each other. Directed by visionary filmmaker McG (Charlie’s Angels), ‘This Means War’ features a funny and talented supporting cast including Chelsea Handler (“Are You There, Chelsea?”), Angela Bassett (Notorious) and Abigail Spencer (Cowboys & Aliens).  The Blu-ray is loaded with special features including three alternate endings, an uncensored gag reel, outrageous bachelorette party, action-packed deleted scenes and commentaries by McG and more. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Woman in Black

Daniel Radcliffe stars in ‘The Woman in Black,’ the hit CBS Films ghost story that scared up more than $53 million at the box office, which is now available on Blu-ray and DVD by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the supernatural thriller, Radcliffe (Harry Potter) plays Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer who travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. The film also stars Ciaran Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Academy Award nominee Janet McTeer (2011, Supporting Actress, Albert Nobbs) and Liz White (Wild Bill). ‘The Woman in Black’ Blu-ray and DVD both include commentary by the writer and the director as well as two all-new featurettes: “Inside The Perfect Thriller: Making Woman in Black,” a discussion with the filmmakers and cast; and “No Fear: Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps,” in which Radcliffe discusses the most challenging and interesting parts of playing this character. Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), a widowed lawyer whose grief has put his career in jeopardy, is sent to a remote village to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased eccentric. But upon his arrival, it soon becomes clear that everyone in the town is keeping a deadly secret. Although the townspeople try to keep Kipps from learning their tragic history, he soon discovers that the house belonging to his client is haunted by the ghost of a woman who is determined to find someone and something she lost … and no one, not even the children, are safe from her vengeance. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

S.W.A.T.

From television drama masters Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg comes the story of the men the police call when the police just aren’t enough. Starring Steve Forrest (The Longest Day) as the elite team’s commander, and featuring an early starring role for Robert Urich (before he was featured in the series Spenser: For Hire), the second and final action-packed season of ‘S.W.A.T.’ promises to deliver one explosive ride. Buy the Final Season DVD right here.

Whisper of the Heart

‘Whisper of the Heart’ inspires like never before in Blu-ray. A new digital master reveals the true brilliance of this heartwarming coming-of-age classic from Studio Ghibli, the studio that brought you “Ponyo” and the Academy Award-winning “Spirited Away” (Best Animated Feature Film, 2002). A chance encounter with a mysterious cat sends Shizuku, a quiet schoolgirl, on a quest for her true talent. Challenged by Seiji, a boy determined to follow his dreams, and enchanted by The Baron, a magical cat figurine who helps her listen to the whispers of her heart, Shizuku embarks on curious adventures beyond the boundaries of her imagination. Now in Blu-ray high definition for the first time ever, this beautiful tale based on the screenplay from legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki will delight and amaze families. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

My Babysitter’s a Vampire

What if your babysitter was a vampire? Find out what would with with the DVD release of ‘My Babysitter’s a Vampire’ Season 1. Sink your teeth into the story of two best friends Ethan (Matthew Knight) and Benny (Atticus Mitchell), as they join forces with vampire fledgling Sarah (Vanessa Morgan), to fight and destroy creatures that go bump in the night. The series contains 13 episodes, plus the movie that started it all. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Perfect Sense

What happens when everyone becomes so emotional that they literally lose their senses? And what does a star chef do when people can no longer taste his food? An unexplained pandemic of sense deprivation is the catalyst for director David Mackenzie’s provocative, daring and powerful drama of loss and love, ‘Perfect Sense.’ Starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green as two damaged people who come together to face the global catastrophe, the movie is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. A strange wave of sadness is sweeping the globe. People are breaking down in sobbing fits, but when they regain their composure, something has changed – they have lost their senses of smell and taste. Susan (Eva Green, Camelot, Casino Royale, Tim Burton’s upcoming Dark Shadows) is a scientist in Glasgow who is studying this odd pandemic. Ever since suffering her own romantic heartbreak, she has thrown herself completely into her work. Michael (Ewan McGregor, Star Wars I, II and III, The Ghost Writer, Angels & Demons) is a successful and happily. Buy the DVD right here.

The First Beautiful Thing

A major box office sensation in Italy and its 2010 Academy Award submission for Best Foreign Language Film, ‘The First Beautiful Thing’ marks the U.S. resurgence of the Italian Commedia, and is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Filmed on location in Livorno, famed Italian director Paulo Virzi (La Bella Vita) brings together a star-studded ensemble cast in a feature with a vintage spirit that delivers a special combination of compassionate laughter and social critique. This beautiful and touching comedic drama follows a strong and optimistic mother (award-winning actress and acclaimed Italian beauty Micaela Ramazzotti) as she tries to raise her two children against all odds. Throughout grief and pain she teaches her family to remain open and loving and to cherish the little joys in life. Filmed on location in Livorno, famed Italian director Paolo Virzì has crafted a heartwarming tale filled with unforgettable and emotional true-to-life performances that will make you laugh and cry, sometimes both at the same time. Buy the DVD right here.

The Secret World of Arrietty

Walt Disney Studios and the legendary Studio Ghibli (“Ponyo” & “Spirited Away”) proudly open the doors to ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’ on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. This visually stunning animated masterpiece stars an illustrious voice cast that includes Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Bridgit Mendler, Moises Arias, David Henrie and the iconic and much beloved Carol Burnett. Based on the acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers,” by Mary Norton, “The Secret World of Arrietty” is an imaginative tale of “little people” living furtively among us, and the unlikely friendship that forms when their hidden world is discovered. The heartwarming family adventure features beautiful, stylized animation and timeless themes of friendship, courage and determination. In addition to the stunning Blu-ray hi-definition picture and digital sound, the 2-Disc Combo Pack includes an array of bonus features that will fascinate animation fans, including a storyboard version of the film and the original Japanese trailers and TV commercials. Additional features include music videos for the songs “Summertime” performed by Disney Channel star Bridgit Mendler, who is the speaking voice of Arrietty; and the movie’s theme song “Arrietty’s Song” performed by French singer/songwriter Cécile Corbel. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Mutant Girls Squad

Three leaders in the Japanese splatter movement – Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura and Tak Sakaguchi – join forces to bring three times the heart-pounding action, three times the jaw-dropping comedy and three times the head-exploding splatter of your average action/horror/comedy with ‘Mutant Girls Squad,’ now available on Blu-ray/DVD comb pack. A soon-to-be cult film from the prolific Japanese cult film label Sushi Typhoon, ‘Mutant Girls Squad’ is touted as a warped version of ‘X-Men, adapted into the violent, blood-filled universe of the three directors. ‘Mutant Girls Squad’ focuses on Rin, a beautiful 16-year-old who experiences one hell of a coming-of-age when her birthday present from nature comes in the form of a shocking revelation. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

The story of legendary performer Carol Channing’s life is as colorful as the lipstick on her big, bright smile. In ‘Carol Channing: Larger Than Life,’ now available on DVD, director Dori Berinstein, a three-time Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer (ShowBusiness, Gotta Dance), along with co-writer Adam Zucker, capture the magic and vivacity of the 90-year-old icon – both onstage and off… past and present…From her penultimate role in Jerry Herman’s Broadway classic, “Hello, Dolly!” which she performed over 5000 times and her Oscar nominated turn as Muzzy in 1967’s Thoroughly Modern Millie to her 1995 Lifetime Achievement Tony Award and her 2003 one-woman show, “The First Eighty Years Are the Hardest”, Carol Channing has long been celebrated as one of our most talented and inimitable performers.  With her unique and easily recognizable voice and her mega-watt presence, ‘Larger Than Life’ is a rarefied journey inside Broadway’s most glamorous era, and a look at an inspiring, incomparable and always entertaining American legend.  Interviews include her late husband Harry Kullijian, Jerry Herman, Lily Tomlin, Chita Rivera, Barbara Walters, Tyne Daly, Debbie Reynolds, Phyllis Diller, Loni Anderson, JoAnne Worley, Tippi Hedren, Bob Mackie and Bruce Vilanch, as well as Channing herself. Buy the DVD right here.

Worried About the Boy

Boy George has made more than a few headlines, but the years before his Top of the Pops debut in 1982 are less well-known. Get ready for ‘Worried About the Boy,’ a captivating, internationally acclaimed biopic from British director, Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane), which captures the true life story of George O’Dowd, the iconoclast who would eventually become known as Boy George, and now available on DVD. Bonus features include behind-the-scenes footage featuring Boy George and interviews with star Douglas Booth (”Pillars of the Earth”) and director Jarrold. In this truthful drama, winner of a 2011 BAFTA TV Award for Best Costume Design and featuring a soundtrack replete with Culture Club’s greatest hits ,Booth – named Screen International’s 2011 Star of Tomorrow  — brings a powerful performance to the screen, backed by a stellar cast, including Marc Warren (Vampire Killers, Planet 51).  As George leaves home to join a new fashion movement in Central London, his world is turned upside down when he realizes his dream of music stardom.  But with all the drugs, love, fashion and glamour that accompany the celebrity lifestyle, can George really find the happiness he so desperately craves?  From living in a squat, attending the Blitz Club, falling in and out of love – ‘Worried About the Boy’ is a compassionate portrait of a much-loved icon. Buy the DVD right here.